i get all kinds of questions about the everyman. some are inane. some are not. here are a few of them i got tired of repeating.
i have a question, who do i send it to?
you may direct your questions to
how do you feel about nudity?
i'm quite a fan. personally, i get nude once a day to bathe and historically this has served me quite well. i carry this philosophy into the entries. nudity, not for the sake of nudity, is all good and will be well-received by me and should it not be traumatizing is welcome in this forum.
Do you think Mike is going to enter again this year? Do you know Mike? Do you want to?
before answering this question, allow me to refer to exhibits 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 to explain the question.
now to answer the questions. yes, i do think mike will enter again this year. and, yes, i do know mike, i know him quite well in fact. and if i did not know mike, i would make knowing mike my single mission.
thanks go to margaret agard for finally asking the question many before her have certainly thought.
how are the winners paid?
good old fashioned greenbacks, well checks really. but, if you mean, where do i get the money, the answer is out of my pocket.
actually, the majority comes from a coin jar on my dresser which i drop change into throughout the year.
when it comes time to make good, we dump the contents of this large Free-State Beer jug out on the rug and roll coins for an evening while watching a movie.
my three year old is super good at making piles of the different denominations and my one year old is quite gifted at throwing the coins under heavy furniture.
why are the prizes so lame?
well for a number of reasons. first, the prizes (and hosting of this site) are paid for out of my pocket, as mentioned above. and, while i'm not destitute, i'm also not teeming with money. i also feel the lesser awards allow the everyman to stay a pristine competition. it is meant to be a forum for amateur competition.
if the prizes were more appealing, it may entice people to act more dishonestly (i.e. feign to not be a pro when they are).
how do i profit or plan to profit from this?
i'm told by many i'm sitting on quite an advertising opportunity here. for good or bad, i have no plans to ever capitalize on whatever is possible there. first off, i have a great distrust of people (and organizations) who do what they do for the sole sake of money. it is sad to me. because of this sentiment, i hope my life never reaches that level of whoredom.
additionally, i've tried to make this site very lean as to put the focus of the message on the photography and i feel conventional forms of advertising would distract from this experience.
are you aware sentences and proper nouns are meant to begin with captial letters?
i believe in effective use of one's time. capitalization is an outdated and unnecessary facet of the language. when it is appropriate or required for interpretation, i use it, otherwise, it just gets in my way.
what about rights and ownership of a submitted photo? are they forfeited?
no. the photographer retains complete and full ownership of their image. the only permission they are granting me, troy, by entering is to (1) post the image on this contest website for the life of its existence and (2) allow troy, should he choose, to hang the photo in his home (or in a scant few cases, his office).
what do you do with the photos entered?
i assure you this is not some stock art, chop shop. the selfish side of me wants unique images to hang in my home. the other side of me viscerally enjoys making the photos available for anyone with a computer and internet connection to view and enjoy.
how do you tell if someone is a professional or not?
i don't. i contemplated having everyone who submitted supply their previous year's tax statement but my lawyer advised against this. pros have plenty of places and avenues to say 'hey look at what i did.' i'd like to believe that they would respect this modest homage to their craft and understand that it is important this remains a skill-specific contest.
although, should someone be caught defiling this tenet they would obviously be disqualified and have their name drug through the mud on the varying pages of this site.